The Xiaomi brand Redmi has been involved in a short but intense teaser campaign for its latest product, and all this has built up to this moment – when the new Redmi Note 8 2021 is listed on its global website fully.
As the name suggests, this is basically an updated version of the original 2019 Redmi Note 8, a model that surpassed 25 million units sold worldwide. We are not sure if it does that most successful member of the long-running Redmi Note line, but it certainly is one of the most successful handsets to bear this name.
The new version comes with MediaTek’s Helio G85 chipset at the helm, drives MIUI 12.5 based on Android 11 out of the box and has a splash-proof nano-coating. The rest is largely unchanged, except from a downgrade in maximum resolution to video recording for the main camera (now 1080p30 down from 4K30).
Redmi Note 8 2021 also has only two storage versions, both with 4 GB of RAM: you can get it with 64 GB or 128 GB of space. It is also cut down on colorways and is only available in three of them (down from five on the original): Neptune Blue, Moonlight White and Space Black. But seriously, everything else is exactly the same.
So you get a 6.3-inch 1080×2340 LCD touch screen with Gorilla Glass 5 on top, a quad rear camera system (48 MP head + 8 MP ultra-wide + 2 MP macro + 2 MP depth), a 13 MP selfie shooter, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a 4,000 mAh battery with 18W charging (and a 22.5W charger in the box).